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Florida Judge Weighs Arguments In Cancer Treatment Fight

Aug 14, 2019
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A federal judge has given both sides until Wednesday to submit briefs in a legal battle over a new state law challenged by a major cancer-treatment firm. 

An agency pilot program aims to bypass regulations that can make it hard for veterans to get cutting-edge medical treatment.

Aaron Reid is lying in a hospital bed at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center when doctors arrive to make sure he's ready for his experimental treatment.

"How's your night? Any issues?" asks Dr. Katherine Barnett, a pediatric oncologist, as they begin to examine Reid.

Reid, 20, of Lucedale, Miss., has been fighting leukemia since he was 9 years old. He has been through chemotherapy and radiation twice, a bone marrow transplant and two other treatments.

Mayo Clinic has begun building what it’s calling a destination medical facility in Jacksonville.

The new treatment center is being partially funded with a $20 million grant from a South Florida foundation.


Chemotherapy remains one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, but these harsh drugs are slowly being edged aside in medical research, as new treatments, like immunotherapy, grab the spotlight.

Still, this is not the end of the road for chemotherapy. For one thing, doctors are coming to realize that some of these drugs are useful for more than just killing cancer cells.

Two widely used tests to analyze the genetics of tumors often don't come to the same conclusions, according to head-to-head analyses.

Authors of two recent studies comparing these tests say doctors need to be careful not to assume that these tests are providing a complete picture of a tumor's genetic variants, when using them to select treatments for cancer patients.

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Promising new treatments are providing hope that a cure for some forms of cancer may be within reach.

Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center are using one form of immunotherapy and awaiting FDA approval for another. 

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In the coming weeks, public television stations across Florida will air a new documentary by Ken Burns. "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" aims to tell the complete story of cancer, from the first accounts from ancient Egypt to modern research facilities, and the stories of patients.

An Ocala judge has denied a name change request of a Florida man who has been having trouble getting cancer treatment because of the glitch, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

Florida ranks second in the nation for incidence and deaths from cancer, but it lags behind in National Cancer Institute grant funding, according to the American Cancer Society.

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If human beings were guided only by logic, they would be likely to agree when research indicates "watchful waiting" is the best course for certain conditions that may be called "cancer." But emotions like fear make that tough, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

When it comes to reining in health care spending, it still seems like each hospital administrator thinks the guy at the other hospital should do it.

Hospitals are still racing to offer expensive new technology — even when it hasn't been proved to work better than cheaper approaches. Case in point: proton beam therapy, a high-tech radiation treatment for cancer.

Moffitt Cancer Center has created an Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department led by Dr. Robert Gatenby, an American radiologist and math whiz, Florida Trend reports.

The idea, says Gatenby, is to formulate a model that enables "adaptive therapy" -- enough chemo to reduce the aggressive tumor cells, but not so much that it wipes out cells that are sensitive to the drugs.

A bill that would get rid of the price disparity between oral and IV cancer drugs was approved by the Health Innovation Subcommittee Wednesday morning. Dr. Wayne Taylor, a Pasco physician who battled leukemia, says the bill would make chemotherapy drugs in pill form less expensive, the Tampa Bay Times reports.  
 

Registered nurses who can listen, answer questions and hold patients’ hands are improving cancer care, the Bradenton Herald reports.